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Dissertation Title: Language at the Center of the Universe: An ethnography of the Hopi language


Hannah McElgunn is a currently SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Hannah’s research and ethical commitments are centered at Hopi, the name for an Indigenous community, language, and way of life in Northeastern Arizona. Her work focuses on the politics of linguistic and ecological revitalization efforts, in particular the competing frameworks of knowledge production and exchange that underlie them.

She received a joint PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2020 and incorporates methodologies and theories from both disciplines into her work.